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Meagan Clayden

BHSc, BScN, RN

Meagan Clayden BHSc, BScN, RN is a Registered Nurse who has extensive experience working in acute care and community settings and is passionate about working with individuals who are struggling with their mental health.

Meagan is particularly passionate about working with children and youth struggling with symptoms of trauma such as anxiety, anger, avoidance, depression, grief, guilt, hypervigilance, numbness, school refusal, self-harming, somatization, suicidal ideation and substance abuse.

Through the use of multiple modalities, including Accelerated Resolution Therapy and the expressive arts, she believes post-traumatic growth can be achieved and people can not only survive these experiences but thrive.

A wise old owl sat in an oak,
The more he saw the less he spoke.
The less he spoke the more he heard,
Why aren't we like that wise old bird?

- John D Rockefeller


Education
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Health Science with a minor in Child Studies




Additional Training

Accelerated Resolution Therapy

Anxiety - Practical Intervention Strategies

Children of Trauma and Resilience

Collaborative Problem Solving

Exposure Response Prevention

Expressive Arts Therapy

OCD: More Than Just an Adjective

Mindfulness Matters

Trust Based Relational Interventions

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It's okay if you thought you were over it and it hits you all over again.

It's okay to fall apart even if you thought you had it under control.

You are not weak.

Healing is messy.

and there is no timeline for healing

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Accelerated Resolution Therapy

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is a form of psychotherapy shown to achieve benefits more rapidly than other psychotherapies. Using a combination of eye movements and voluntary image replacement, the way the negative images are stored in the brain is changed. This results in difficult experiences no longer triggering strong emotions and/or physical reactions, some of which may be new or have been present for many years.

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Exposure Response Prevention

Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) is used for the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). It involves exposing yourself to the images, objects and situations that lead to obsessions. Once the anxiety has been triggered, you make the choice not to engage in the compulsion and with time, the anxiety will naturally decrease.

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Expressive Arts Therapy

When traumatizing events have been experienced, it can be difficult to verbalize what has happened. Yet, there is a need to articulate the unspeakable. This can be especially true for children and youth. The expressive arts provide a way to access this nonverbal memory and externalize it. They can also provide a sense of control over these terrifying memories and contain them within an object, image or story.

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Feeling Anxious?

Anxiety is the body's natural response to stress and can be beneficial in many situations however; when the body has an anxiety response out of proportion to a situation it can become a problem. Accelerated Resolution Therapy has been shown to effectively treat people struggling with many types of anxiety. 

Obsessions & Compulsions Controlling You?

Everyone has strange and upsetting thoughts but for most people, these thoughts pass through their mind like any other thought. For people with OCD, these thoughts get stuck and lead to anxiety which can only be relieved by engaging in a ritual. The good news is that OCD is treatable! 

Past Trauma Still Having an Impact?

Trauma is not about the event itself, it is about how your body responds to the experience. If you are struggling with symptoms of trauma such as anxiety, avoidance, flashbacks, hypervigilance, intrusive memories, low mood or nightmares Willow Therapy can help.

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